March 16, 2017
Republicans who control legislatures in key states around the country are moving to seize power from Democratic executive officers and independent judges, enraging Democrats, who say the moves undermine the will of voters.
Republicans defend the proposals as steps necessary to balance power between branches of government — and analysts say the GOP is doing now what both Republicans and Democrats have done since the founding of the republic. […]
“In our constitutional government, there is always a push and pull on power between the three major branches,” said David Avella, president of GOPAC, which recruits and mentors Republican legislative candidates. “While some see Republican legislators asserting their power on executive responsibilities, others will see the judges asserting their power in redistricting cases against Republican legislators.”
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